New Albion St development could provide up to 30 new jobs
WARWICK'S financial future is far from drying up as investors plan a new multi-purpose development on Albion St.
The centre was approved by the Southern Downs Regional Council yesterday, giving the green light to begin construction.
Leasing opportunities will become available for food and drink outlets, garden centres, healthcare services, markets, shops and offices.
At full capacity 'Albion Central' is estimated to provide between 25 and 30 new jobs to the region, providing a welcome boost to the local economy.
Councillor Vic Pennisi said it was comforting to see people still had the confidence to invest in the region, despite the dry conditions.
The 3150sq m building will be built on land at 74-80 Albion St and 23 Oak Ave, with access available from both streets.
The community voiced a number of concerns about the development that have been systematically answered by applicant Gary Hayes and Partners.
Residents who submitted queries to the council during the development application process were concerned the building would impact Queensland heritage-listed building Aberfoyle on 35 Wood St.
The commercial building will be set back three metres from the southern boundary of the house and additional landscaping will be planted to reduce visual impact to the home, in accordance with a State Government assessment.
The small, one lane capacity of Oak St was another community concern.
Vehicle access to this street will be limited by a two metre height restriction bar to ensure trucks and larger vehicles exit via Albion St.
There is no set date for the project's completion.